A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy-bodied Berlinetta is to star in Bonhams New Bond Street auction on November 30, 2014 in London. In the final major classic car sale of the year, only 35 cars will be on offer, of which several are estimated to clear the million-dollar mark, including a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport, 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental, a 1934 Talbot AV105 Alpine Trial Team Car, and a 1955 Austin Healey 100S.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy-Bodied Berlinetta
The dark green 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy-bodied Berlinetta with coachwork by Scaglietti is considered by many as the finest production Ferrari ever built. It will probably headline the 2014 Bonhams New Bond Street auction in London with an estimate of $2.4 – $3.2 million.
James Knight, Bonhams International Motoring Director, said: “This is a wonderfully original, long-term preserved, Ferrari 275 ‘Longnose’ Berlinetta offered from the Maranello Rosso Collection. It is one of the finest examples of its type that we at Bonhams have ever had the privilege to offer.”
From 1964 to 1968 almost 800 275 Berlinettas were produced, but just a fraction were the highly desirable longnose alloy variants.
This example, chassis 08035, has been inspected by renowned Ferrari authority Marcel Massini who described the motor car as “… one of the very best cars from the Maranello Rosso Collection. A real gem.”
Finished in a beautiful shade of green, known as Verde Scuro it retains many of its original features, and has just 61,212 kilometers recorded on the odometer.
08035 was sold new on November 18, 1965, by SEFAC Spa to its first owner, Franco Palma, of Via Pergolesi, Rome, Italy, and the price paid was Lire 5,250,000.
Signor Palma was to keep the Ferrari for a little over 10 years, before selling it, in 1976, to Bellancauto SA of Rome, a company owned by mineral-water magnate, amateur racing driver and now legendary classic car collector Fabrizio Violati.
Subsequently this magnificent, completely unspoiled, Ferrari 275GTB became one of the star exhibits in the Violatti’s Maranello Rosso Collection museum in San Marino.
Bonhams has previously sold a number of cars from the Maranello Rosso collection including the record-breaking 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at the 2014 Quail Lodge auction and several further cars at the 2014 Goodwood Revival sale.
Cars on Offer at the 2014 Bonhams New Bond Street Sale
Only 35 entry slots are available at the Bonhams Bond Street Sale at the Bonhams London headquarters on 30th November 2014. Several interesting cars will be on offer in addition to the 275 GTB at this last major classic car sale at the end of a record-breaking year,
Although the final list has not been finalized a further four cars are estimated to sell for over a million dollar each at the Bonhams London sale: a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport, 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental, a 1934 Talbot AV105 Alpine Trial Team Car, and a 1955 Austin Healey 100S.
A few further cars may well exceed the million-dollar mark on the night. These include two pre-First World War classics: a 1912 Rolls Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Tourer and a 1909 Mercedes Simplex 35HP Roi-des-Belges Tourer.